27 January 2010
Boy, never have the words of the classic Shirelles tune felt so true as they do today. Last night the Islanders had one hell of an evening and not in a good way. After announcing that Calvin de Hann would go under season ending shoulder surgury, Jack Hillen got beamed in the face by an Alex Ovechkin laser beam, Then the Islanders got crushed by the high flying caps. Needless to say last night wasn't our night.
But with "every day like this" comes a new day and renewed hope, this time in the form of Dustin Kohn, who tallied his first NHL point in his first NHL game. Kohn was well received in his first stint on Long Island and will now get an extended opportunity due to the extent of Hillen's injury. "I really donâ€™t know how long Iâ€™m going to be here,â€ť Kohn told Newsday. â€śSo I just want to make the most of the opportunity and just contribute the best I can and just play solid. Continue to get better every day.â€ť Kohn performed at a -5 with 2 goals and 15 assists down in Bridgeport and was a +1 during his 2 games on Long Island. The Islanders have had several pleasant surprises on the blue line with Andy MacDonald and the now injured, Jack Hillen, and hope to find the same luck with Kohn.
The Isles did get one lucky break last night with Hillen's injury, it comes close to the Olympic break which will limit the amount of games he will miss.
Another issue that has now been thrown back into the spotlight for fans is the need to bring in another veteran defenseman before the trade deadline passes. With Sheldon Souray on the open market fans would love for management to make a move on him, but Chris Botta has already put the axe in that. You never know though. HockeyBuzz, the leader in hockey rumors, is reporting that the Islanders have shown some interest in Lighting defenseman, David Hale. The 28 year old American blue liner's stats do not jump out at you as he has only managed 4 point in 35 games.
The most appealing player on the trading block, other than Souray, would be another Edmonton Oiler, Lubomir Visnovsky. Visnovsky was featured on TSN's top "10 players expected to be traded" and would be a good asset on the Isles blue line. His 9 goals would lead all Islanders defenseman and his 29 points would tie him with Mark Streit for most points by a defenseman. Also 4 of those 9 goals came on the Power play along with 15 power play points, something the Islanders could desperately use on their less than stellar power play unit.
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